The Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers are both 5-5 over their last 10 games. The Brewers are sitting in first in the National League Central while the Braves are trying to climb their way back over .500 and into the NL East race.
The Atlanta Braves haven’t been playing particularly well, nor have they been playing particularly bad. Even though they are under .500, the Braves are a gritty and talented young team that has the ability to turn things around quickly. They showed that last year in their late-season run en route to a World Series championship.
There have been a lot of letdowns in the starting lineup when it comes to offensive production. Yes, they have been missing Ronald Acuna Jr., who recently returned to the lineup only to suffer a groin injury. But the other guys in the lineup like Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna, Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies need to pick up the slack. They will get it together, but it needs to happen quickly before the deficit is too big.
The upside is that the Braves have played pretty well (8-9) against teams that are over .500. The sportsbooks have the Braves as the underdogs in this series; they are 5-3 at underdogs this season. These will definitely be some things to consider when placing bets.
Brew Crew Setting Pace
The Milwaukee Brewers have carved out a nice little three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. And even though they are only 5-5 over their last 10 games, so are those same Cardinals. When your rival is struggling, you need to capitalize, and that’s what the Brewers must do any chance they can get.
The Brewers have shown that they are a very well-rounded team. They can pitch and hit well. They have really been turning on the power as of late, belting home runs at a blistering pace. If the Brewers can stay this consistent on both sides of the ball throughout the summer, they will be in good shape come playoff time.
Milwaukee has been strong at home this season, sporting a 10-4 record at American Family Field. The Brewers have and will continue to be favored for a majority of the season, although they do struggle to perform against the runline and the over/under, which is important to keep in mind when placing bets.
Braves vs Brewers Head-to-Head
This will be the second series of the season between the Braves and the Brewers, with Atlanta leading 2-1.
Both teams will have competent pitchers on the mound for the series opener. The Braves will send out Ian Anderson, who is 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 22 strikeouts. The Brewers counter with Freddy Peralta, who is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
MLB Lines have the Brewers as favorites at -140. With two equally matched pitchers, the game could go either way. But the Braves are struggling at the plate while the Brewers have hot bats. Going with the Brewers to win and cover the runline is a strong bet.
When you bet online, take the Brewers to cover the -1½ runline at +150.
Ryan Knuppel has been writing about sports & sports betting topics online for over 15 years. He was a college basketball All-American in the early 2000's and has always had a deep understanding for sports. Ryan was the 2011 Buffalo Wild Wings National "Pickem" Winner which earned him a trip to play flag football with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. He was also a 2015 FanDuel.com Playboy Mansion NBA Championships Qualifier in daily fantasy sports. But his true claim to fame is the fact that he has played basketball with and against THE Michael Jordan numerous times in his life. Ryan is excited to be writing and covering sports here and would love to hear from you on social media.